Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the production runs May 1-June 10 with a May 24 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Company’s new home, The Pershing Square Signature Center.
The cast will include Allison Gallerani (Off-Broadway debut) as Isabel, James A. Williams (Jitney) as Mr. M and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Burning) as Thami. Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin will provide music for the production.
"In a classroom in a small Eastern Cape Karoo town in South Africa in 1984," press notes state, "Mr. M, an idealistic teacher, seeks to provide a future for his gifted student Thami by forming a debate team with Isabel, a spirited student from the local white school. But outside the classroom Mr. M’s hopes for Thami are challenged by their generational divide and increasing political unrest."
"Written in 1989 shortly before the end of apartheid," according to Signature, the play "presents an honest and unflinching portrait of a country on the brink of revolution, and is a testament to the power and potential of youth, hope, and ideas."
The design team includes Neil Patel (scenic designer), Karen Perry (costume designer), Marcus Doshi (lighting designer) and Robert Kaplowitz (sound designer). Amanda Michaels is production stage manager.
For ticket information visit signaturetheatre.org.